An image of Shengzhu, master of the saints

Yao people

(China  – )

Shengzhu, master of the saints

Other titles:
Nyut Hung
Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

Shengzhu is the alter ego of Yu Huang (the Jade Emperor). Yu Huang was the supreme deity of the universe. Yu Huang came to prominence during the Tang dynasty when Daoism absorbed some Indian Buddhist concepts into its beliefs. Both Shengzhu and Yu Huang wear an imperial cap and hold a gui ceremonial tablet, while they are distinguished by the colour of their robes - the former always wears yellow, the latter green. It is believed Yu Huang appointed Shengzhu the 'Heavenly Worthy and Perfect Lord'.

Reference: Jacques Lemoine, 'Yao Ceremonial Paintings'. 1982.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2007.

Place of origin
Yunnan Province, China
Cultural origin
Mian
Year
circa 1850s
Media
Painting
Medium
pigment on paper
Dimensions
121.5 x 50.7 cm
Credit
Gift of Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter 2006
Accession number
275.2006
Provenance
John Yu, 1980s-2006, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, the nine Yao ceremonial paintings donated by Dr John Yu were purchased from different locations including Xian in Shaanxi province of China, Bangkok, Shanghai and Hong Kong.